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Manningham Housing Association: Budget response

The chief executive of Manningham Housing Association (MHA) has described today’s Budget statement as providing “little comfort for those on the lowest incomes.”

Speaking after the Jeremy Hunt’s statement to MPs earlier today, Lee Bloomfield said: “Shortly after the Chancellor sat down, the independent Office for Budget Responsibility announced that living standards are expected to drop by 6 per cent in the current financial year and next – the largest fall since records began in the 1950s.

“With inflation predicted to stay relatively high by modern standards for the rest of this year and with personal taxation allowances not going up in April, this Budget provides little comfort for those on the lowest incomes.

“After the disastrous Budget last autumn, Jeremy Hunt had little money left to give away.

“However, it is notable that the only permanent tax cut he announced – costing £1 billion a year – was scrapping the lifetime allowance on tax-free pension contributions which only helps those on very high incomes.

“The extension of the freeze on energy bills for another three months is welcome but bills will not come down despite the wholesale gas price falling significantly.

“There was little on levelling up, nothing on building more affordable homes and, other than floating the idea of creating an investment zone in West Yorkshire, no new funds for Bradford despite previous promises of help, particularly around transport infrastructure.

“It is difficult to see what there was to cheer for the communities Manningham Housing Association is proud to serve.”

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Picture  Lee Bloomfield, Manningham Housing Association chief executive   Notes to editors About Manningham Housing Association Manningham Housing Association (MHA) has a proud track record of delivering homes and services to communities in Bradford and Keighley. It was founded in 1986 following a piece of research on the housing needs of Black and Asian communities in Bradford. This research proved that the needs of the South Asian community were not being addressed. With an annual turnover of £8.2 million and a staff of 42, the association now manages more than 1,400 homes for over 6,000 residents.  Around 75 per cent of MHA properties are large family homes with three or more bedrooms.  Over 80 per cent of MHA residents are of South Asian origin but the association proudly serves all of those in need. MHA holds a G1 rating for governance and a V1 rating for financial viability from the Regulator of Social Housing.  In addition to holding the Customer Service Excellence quality mark, MHA is the first housing association in the country to be officially accredited for its work in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. In 2022, MHA won the British Standards Institution Users Award for Sustainability, the Northern Housing Team of the Year Award, the Northern Housing Tenant of the Year Award and the West and North Yorkshire Chamber Equality Trailblazer Award.

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